EMS Day returning to Bethany Beach on Saturday, May 16

People can peek behind the scenes and pick up safety tips at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on EMS Day 2015.

The “EMS Strong” open house is set for Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire hall. The free, educational, community-wide event is open to the public.

Exhibitors include area EMS units, area hospitals, local police and the Delaware State Fire School. Emergency helicopters fly into town for the day, between Garfield Parkway and the Christian Church Conference Center. Pilots will give close-up views and tours of the choppers.

Children will be able to climb around emergency vehicles at this family-friendly event, and there will be bicycle and highway safety instructions, a 911 simulator and other demonstrations. People can also meet the emergency responders who help protect the community.

“Most of the interaction we have with people is when they’re calling for help, and we don’t have time to socialize or really talk to people,” EMS Chief Douglas Scott told the newspaper about a prior event. “We find it a great opportunity to open the doors and let people come in and see what we do.

Bethany Blues barbecue, balloons and special EMS Day T-shirts will be available to all visitors.

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is located at the corner of Route 1 and Hollywood Street. For more information, contact (302) 539-7700 or visit www.bethanybeachfire.com.